Title:
Glove with liquid storage and dispensation capabilities
United States Patent 8826467


Abstract:
A hand covering such as a glove that is adapted to absorb and store an amount of liquid within an adsorbent layer incorporated into the glove. The liquid can be easily dispensed by certain movements of the hand such as squeezing or grasping. The glove design allows another, external layer purpose-engineered for particular applications to be either permanently or detachably attached on the exterior of the glove. The rubber used is a composite containing 10-20% nitrile and the remaining 80-90% natural latex.



Inventors:
Chew, Sing Hoong (Penang, MY)
Ong, Hean Kooi (Penang, MY)
Application Number:
13/000624
Publication Date:
09/09/2014
Filing Date:
06/25/2009
Assignee:
Maxi Support SDN BHD (Penang, MY)
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A41D19/00; A47K7/03; A47L13/19; B32B25/00
Field of Search:
2/161.6, 2/160, 2/159, 2/167, 2/168, 15/227, 15/118, 15/244.3, 15/244.1, 15/244.4, 15/105, 15/114, 15/229.11, 15/229.13
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US Patent References:
20080078046APPLICATOR FOR DISTRIBUTING A SUBSTANCE ONTO A TARGET SURFACE2008-04-03Reed
20070086828Scrubbing/scouring-providing and soap/detergent-dispensing gloves2007-04-19Stewart
20060005338Cleaning implement comprising a layer of melamine foam2006-01-12Ashe et al.15/244.4
20040031119Cleaning tool with removable cleaning sheets2004-02-19McKay15/227
20030229931Multi-purpose glove2003-12-18Smedi2/159
5956770Glove with attachable cleaning pads1999-09-28Dennis2/160
5682612Applicator glove and method of use1997-11-04Schwarz
5373712Warp-knit cloth for surface fastener1994-12-20Yamamoto et al.66/195
4788733Combined cleaning glove and disposal bag1988-12-06Lerner
4593427Waterproof scouring glove1986-06-10Ortolivo15/227
3643386ABRASIVE HAND APPAREL1972-02-22Grzyll451/523
2722706Sponge tipped rubber glove1955-11-08Chopp15/227



Foreign References:
CA2466320A12005-11-10ALL PURPOSE GLOVE WITH INTERCHANGEABLE ATTACHMENTS FOR CLEANING
DE29811160U11998-08-13Reinigungshandschuh
GB2113977A1983-08-17Multi-purpose glove
JP11197079July, 1999CLEANING DEVICE
WO2005070033A22005-08-04APPLICATOR DEVICE FOR PAINT AND SURFACE COATINGS
JPH11197079A1999-07-27
Other References:
“Machine Translation of Description of DE 29811160”.
Primary Examiner:
Huynh, Khoa
Assistant Examiner:
Kinsaul, Anna
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Smirman, Preston
Smirman IP Law, PLLC
Claims:
The invention claimed is:

1. A glove adapted to absorb and retain liquid, comprising: a base layer being fashioned for receiving a user's hand, the base layer comprising an inner side to fit over a user's hand and an exterior side opposite the inner side; a storage layer, the storage layer comprising an inner side attached to the exterior side of the base layer and an exterior side opposite the inner side, the storage layer being absorbent and able to retain and subsequently dispense fluid; wherein the storage layer comprises an attachment layer having an inner side and an exterior side opposite the inner side, wherein the inner side of the attachment layer is fixed to the exterior side of the storage layer, wherein the exterior side of the attachment layer is fitted with mechanisms adapted to provide removable attachment; and an application layer attached to the storage layer, the application layer having an inner side and an exterior side opposite the inner side, the inner side of the application layer fitted with mechanisms adapted to provide removable attachment; wherein the attachment layer forms a discontinuous surface on the storage layer and defines a plurality of row portions, wherein adjacent row portions of the attachment layer define openings such that the plurality of row openings alternates between rows of the attachment layer and rows of the openings; wherein the rows of the openings are continuous through a cross section of the plurality of row portions and the rows of the openings enable fluid communication between the storage layer and the application layer; wherein the mechanisms on the inner side of the application layer correspond to the mechanisms on the exterior side of the attachment layer to allow interchangeability of different types of the application layer.

2. The glove according to claim 1, wherein the mechanisms on the inner side of the application layer and the mechanisms on the exterior side of the attachment layer comprise a hook-and-loop fastener.

3. The glove according to claim 1, further comprising a sleeve of the glove with a length extending substantially beyond the wrist of a user.

4. The glove according to claim 3, wherein a portion of the sleeve at an end further from the glove is folded back in an outwards direction creating a fold such that at least a quantity of liquid flowing from the glove toward the sleeve is held in the fold.

5. The glove according to claim 4, wherein a width of the fold is between 3 and 5 cm.

6. The glove according to claim 1, wherein the storage layer is provided only around a palm and finger area of the glove.

7. The glove according to claim 1, wherein the base layer is made from up to 100% synthetic rubber.

8. The glove according to claim 7, wherein the synthetic rubber is nitrile.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

The instant application claims priority to Malaysian Parent Application No. PI20082330, filed Jun. 26, 2008, pending, and PCT International Application No. PCT/MY2009/000077, filed on Jun. 25, 2009, pending, the entire specifications of both of which are expressly incorporated herein by reference.

FIELD OF INVENTION

This invention relates to a glove with a layer capable of storing liquid for subsequent dispensation.

BACKGROUND OF INVENTION

Hand coverings or gloves with a base rubber layer and attached outer surface are used widely today in many different applications. The outer layer may be purpose-engineered specifically for a particular application. For example, a sponge outer layer can be used for various applications such as cleaning and washing. Similarly, different types of polyester can be used as the outer layer for various applications such as scouring, painting, and pet grooming. In some of these applications, it is desirable to store an amount of liquid within the glove for later dispensation. Examples of this include shampoo for bathing pets, paint for painting, detergent for washing, etc.

U.S. Pat. No. 2,722,706 discloses a sponge-tipped rubber glove to aid beauticians in applying chemical treatments. Sponge pads are carried on the fingertips of the gloves to hold the chemical being applied. British application GB 2,113,977 discloses a glove of resilient or fabric material which has the fingertips and palm of the glove covered with a sponge coating.

A primary objective of the present invention is to provide a glove able to absorb and retain an amount of liquid for subsequent dispensation.

Another objective of the present invention is to provide a glove adapted for easy dispensation of the stored liquid in an easy to use manner.

Yet another objective of the present invention is to provide a glove that will protect the skin of the user from any harsh or toxic components of liquid stored within the glove.

SUMMARY OF INVENTION

The present invention is a hand covering such as a glove that is adapted to absorb and store an amount of liquid within an absorbent layer incorporated into the glove. The liquid can be easily dispensed by certain movements of the hand such as squeezing or grasping. The glove design allows another, external layer purpose-engineered for particular applications to be either permanently or detachably attached on the exterior of the glove. The rubber used is a composite comprising 10-20% nitrile and the remaining 80-90% natural latex.

In one embodiment of the present invention the glove is adapted to absorb and retain liquid and comprises a base layer being fashioned for receiving a user's hand, a storage layer attached to the exterior of the base layer, the storage layer being absorbent and able to retain and subsequently dispense fluid, an attachment layer fixed to an outer side of the storage layer, the attachment layer adapted to be removably attachable on its outer side to the inner side of an application layer, said application layer located on the exterior of the attachment layer. The means for the application layer to be removably attachable to the application layer may include VELCRO™ (hook-and-loop fastener) or some other similar mechanism. The removably-attachability between the application layer and the attachment layer can provide interchangeability of different types of the application layer. These application layer can be of sponge, cloth, cotton, microfibre (new cloth), scouring materials or other fluids application materials.

In another embodiment of the present invention the glove is adapted to absorb and retain liquid and comprises a base layer being fashioned for receiving a user's hand, a storage layer attached to the exterior of the base layer, the storage layer being absorbent and able to retain and subsequently dispense fluid, and an application layer located on the exterior of the storage layer, and wherein the application layer is permanently attached to the storage layer.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS

For the purpose of facilitating an understanding of the invention, there is illustrated in the accompanying drawing the preferred embodiments from an inspection of which when considered in connection with the following description, the invention, its construction and operation and many of its advantages would be readily understood and appreciated.

FIG. 1 shows a cross sectional view of the palm of the glove in a first embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 shows a cross sectional view of the palm of the glove in a second embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 3 shows a cross sectional view of the palm of the glove in a third embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 4 shows a cross sectional view of the palm of the glove in a fourth embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 5 shows a glove in an embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 6 shows a glove in another embodiment of the present invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF INVENTION

It should be noted that the following detailed description is directed to a glove with interchangeable application layers and is not limited to any particular size, shape or configuration.

Referring to FIG. 1, there can be seen a cross section of the palm (1) of the glove in a first embodiment of the present invention. The innermost layer represented in the figure as the lowest layer is the base layer (10), made of a rubber composite comprising 10-20% nitrile with the remaining 80-90% being natural latex. However, there may be alternate embodiments wherein the base layer (10) is made from up to 100% natural rubber, and also embodiments wherein the base layer (10) is made from up to 100% synthetic rubber. This base layer (10) is adapted to fit snugly over a human hand and is watertight, thereby also providing a protective layer for the user from several types of liquids. At the palm (1) of the glove, there is fixed to the exterior of the base layer (10) a storage layer (20), the storage layer (20) being absorbent and able to retain and subsequently dispense fluid by simple movements of the user's hand. An attachment layer (30) is fixed to an outer side of the storage layer (20), the attachment layer (30) adapted to be removably attachable on its outer side to the inner side of an application layer (40), said application layer (40) located on the exterior of the attachment layer (30). The attachment layer (30) has openings (35) on and through its surface for fluid communication between the storage layer (20) and the application layer (40). In one embodiment of the present invention, the means for the application layer (40) to be removably attachable to the application attachment layer (30) is VELCRO™ (hook-and-loop fastener 37). Other removable mechanisms can also be used in different embodiments. The inner side of the application layer (40) is fitted with one half of the VELCRO™ (hook-and-loop fastener), and the outer side of the attachment layer (30) is fitted with the other half of the VELCRO™ (hook-and-loop fastener). The application layer (40) can function as any of a cleaner, scourer, surface preparation device or applicator for other liquids such as polishes and lacquers. As the application layer (40) is removably attachable to the attachment layer (30), the application layer (40) is therefore interchangeable. Different types of the application layer (40) include any of the following: sponge, cloth, cotton, microfibre (new cloth), scouring materials or other fluids application materials. In one embodiment of the present invention, the storage layer (20), attachment layer (30) and application layer (40) is provided only on the palm and fingers area of the glove. However, there can be other embodiments whereby these layers are located on different parts of the glove. The rest of the glove surface comprises only the base layer (10) and a protective layer (not shown) fixed to the exterior of the base layer (10).

Referring now to FIG. 2, there can be seen a cross section of the palm (1) of the glove in a second embodiment of the present invention. The innermost layer of the glove represented in the figure as the lowest layer is the base layer (10), made of a rubber composite comprising 10-20% nitrile with the remaining 80-90% being natural latex. However, there may be alternate embodiments wherein the base layer (10) is made from up to 100% natural rubber, and also embodiments wherein the base layer (10) is made from up to 100% synthetic rubber. This base layer (10) is adapted to fit smugly over a human hand and is watertight, thereby also providing a protective layer for the user from several types of liquids. Fixed to the exterior of the base layer (10) is the storage layer (20), the storage layer (20) being absorbent and able to retain and subsequently dispense fluid by simple movements of the user's hand. An application layer (40) is fixed on the exterior of the storage layer (20). The application layer (40) can function as any of a cleaner, scourer, surface preparation device, or applicator for other liquids such as polishes and lacquers. The application layer (40) can be made from any of the following: sponge, cloth, cotton, microfibre (new cloth), scouring materials or other fluids application materials. In one embodiment of the present invention, the storage layer (20) and application layer (40) is provided only on the palm and fingers area of the glove. However, there can be other embodiments whereby these layers are located on different parts of the glove. The rest of the glove surface comprises only the base layer (10) and a protective layer (not shown) fixed to the exterior of the base layer (10).

Referring to FIG. 3, there can be seen a cross section of the palm (1) of the glove in a third embodiment of the present invention. The innermost layer represented in the figure as the lowest layer is the base layer (10), made of a rubber composite comprising 10-20% nitrile with the remaining 80-90% being natural latex. However, there may be alternate embodiments wherein the base layer (10) is made from up to 100% natural rubber, and also embodiments wherein the base layer (10) is made from up to 100% synthetic rubber. This base layer (10) is adapted to fit snugly over a human hand and is watertight, thereby also providing a protective layer for the user from several types of liquids. At the palm (1) of the glove, there is removably attached on the exterior of the base layer (10) a storage layer (20), the storage layer (20) being absorbent and able to retain and subsequently dispense fluid by simple movements of the user's hand. An attachment layer (30) is fixed to an outer side of the storage layer (20), the attachment layer (30) adapted to be removably attachable on its outer side to the inner side of an application layer (40), said application layer (40) located on the exterior of the attachment layer (30). The attachment layer (30) has openings (35) on and through its surface for fluid communication between the storage layer (20) and the application layer (40). In one embodiment of the present invention, the means for the application layer (40) to be removably attachable to the attachment layer (30) is VELCRO™ (hook-and-loop fastener 37). Other removable mechanisms can also be used in different embodiments. The inner side of the application layer (40) is fitted with one half of the VELCRO™ (hook-and-loop fastener), and the outer side of the attachment layer (30) is fitted with the other half of the VELCRO™ (hook-and-loop fastener). The application layer (40) can function as any of a cleaner, scourer, surface preparation device or applicator for other liquids such as polishes and lacquers. The application layer (40) can be made from any of the following: sponge, cloth, cotton, microfibre (new cloth), scouring materials or other fluids application materials. As set forth in the preceding embodiment of the present invention, the removably attachable mechanisms between the base layer (10) and the storage layer (20), as well as between the attachment layer (30) and the application layer (40) allow the interchangeability of both the storage layer (20) as well as the application layer (40). In one embodiment of the present invention, the storage layer (20), attachment layer (30) and application layer (40) is provided only on the palm and fingers area of the glove. However, there can be other embodiments whereby these layers are located on different parts of the glove. The rest of the glove surface comprises only the base layer (10) and a protective layer (not shown) fixed to the exterior of the base layer (10).

Referring to FIG. 4, there can be seen a cross section of the palm (1) of the glove in a fourth embodiment of the present invention. The innermost layer represented in the figure as the lowest layer is the base layer (10), made of a rubber composite comprising 10-20% nitrile with the remaining 80-90% being natural latex. However; there may be alternate embodiments wherein the base layer (10) is made from up to 100% natural rubber, and also embodiments wherein the base layer (10) is made from up to 100% synthetic rubber. This base layer (10) is adapted to fit smugly over a human hand and is watertight, thereby also providing a protective layer for the user from several types of liquids. At the palm (1) of the glove, there is removably attached on the exterior of the base layer (10) a storage layer (20), the storage layer (20) being absorbent and able to retain and subsequently dispense fluid by simple movements of the user's hand. An application layer (40) is fixed to an outer side of the storage layer (20). The application layer (40) can function as any of a cleaner, scourer, surface preparation device or applicator for other liquids such as polishes and lacquers. The application layer (40) can be made from any of the following: sponge, cloth, cotton, microfibre (new cloth), scouring materials or other fluids application materials. In one embodiment of the present invention, the storage layer (20), and application layer (40) is provided only on the palm and fingers area of the glove. However, there can be other embodiments whereby these layers are located on different parts of the glove. The rest of the glove surface comprises only the base layer (10) and a protective layer (not shown) fixed to the exterior of the base layer (10).

Referring to FIGS. 5 and 6, the gloves of both the preceding embodiments can either have a sleeve (50) reaching just past the wrist as seen in FIG. 3, or with an extended sleeve (50) reaching almost to the elbow of user. Still referring to FIG. 6, an embodiment of this invention has a portion of the sleeve (50) at an end further from the glove folded back in an outwards direction creating a fold (52) in order to capture at least a minimum quantity of liquid flowing from the glove toward the sleeve (50). The width of the fold can be between 3 and 5 cm. This is especially useful when a user's hand is at a level higher than his/her elbow, to prevent liquid from reaching beyond the surface of the sleeve (50).

While several particularly preferred embodiments of the present invention have been described and illustrated, it should now be apparent to those skilled in the art that various changes and modifications can be made without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention. Accordingly, the following claims are intended to embrace such changes, modifications, and areas of application that are within the spirit and scope of this invention.